“Healthy And Wealthy Thanksgiving FEAST 2021”

by Yasmin Nolasco

With Thanksgiving around the corner, we begin to think about dishes to prepare and perhaps how to avoid overeating. But does one meal of feasting really make a difference in the course of our lives?

Research suggests that it’s the behaviors you sustain over time – so think weeks, months, years – that are going to have big impacts on your life and your health as opposed to focusing in on just one day or even one meal within a day,” says Dr. Rachelle Reed, Senior Director of Health Science and Research for Orangetheory Fitness.

If you are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy diet, one day’s meal will not affect your body’s overall composition. You may gain weight for that day. However, if you return to your regular diet the following day then you will not gain fat from that one day.

Our focus should be more on our day-to-day meals. Ask yourself:
  • Does my meal consist of just Carbs and No Vitamins = Empty Calories?
  • Is there fiber and protein on my plate, as part of a healthy weight loss method?
  • Am I overeating / overindulging every day?
  • Am I moving and practicing cardio activity 3-4x a week?

A healthy portion is what you can hold in the palms of your hands. Creating healthy habits over the long run is far more important than eating on a single holiday. Pay attention to what you put on your plate every day.

Some people believe that exercising around the holidays will get rid of the excess calories or fat. Doing this just one time will only maintain your usual weight and not make a big difference overall. In order to maintain a healthy weight we must exercise 3-4x a week. Remember to stay active every day and find a cardio activity you enjoy. This can even be walking.

To maintain a healthy weight: 

75% is what you Eat and 25% is Exercise!

Meanwhile, enjoy the holidays and give yourself the freedom to indulge a little bit.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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